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Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union

Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union

Something has changed in Europe. Croatia still uses the kuna as its currency and it’s not yet a member of the Schengen Area. But it is now a member of the European Union (EU). That Croatians raised a modest cheer at midnight last Sunday was perhaps the greatest surprise of the week. Croatia smiled and » Read more

Zagreb: A solar system expands in the Croatian capital

Zagreb: A solar system expands in the Croatian capital

Six miles out from the middle of Zagreb, in an underground walkway by a main road in the Stenjevec district, a little stainless steel ball lies affixed to a plaque by the sidewalk. A simple sign reads “Pluto.” It is a far-flung component of a work of art that spans the Croatian capital. The center » Read more

Dubrovnik Budget Tips: Hotel reservations, ferries, and neighborhoods

Dubrovnik Budget Tips: Hotel reservations, ferries, and neighborhoods

Ask any beach-savvy European and they’ll wax on about Croatia being the new, and more affordable, Mediterranean paradise. Dubrovnik especially emits a feeling of romance as its Old Town walls pair with the Adriatic like some majestic dream. But like every beach diamond vacation, Dubrovnik is beginning to saturate itself with tourist traps and overpriced » Read more

Wandering Cheapo Croatia: Four tips for budget travelers

Wandering Cheapo Croatia: Four tips for budget travelers

Croatia may not be as expensive as the French Riviera or Italy’s Cinque Terre coast, but it’s certainly getting there. An undiscovered oasis years back, it’s now packed with plenty of tourists. When I decided to head to Croatia, albeit during high season, I was surprised to find prices higher than I expected: A midrange » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Garden Accommodation, Split

Wandering Cheapo: Garden Accommodation, Split

Who made Nikola Brajevi king of Split? Oh, that’s right. We did. A recent stay with his family at their aptly named Garden Accommodation was so beautiful, we promptly appointed ourselves subjects for life. Located at Solurat 22, 300 meters west of Diocletian’s Palace in Veli Varos and less than 200 meters from the Adriatic » Read more

Croatia’s Open Waters

Croatia’s Open Waters

The Croatian coast is dotted with over 1000 islands. In a country like this one, there is really no reason to limit oneself to the road. And second to diving right in, what better way to spend quality time with the Adriatic than to take a Jadrolinija ferry from Kor?ula to Split? Jadrolinija is Croatia’s » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Picigin Pick-Up in Croatia

Wandering Cheapo: Picigin Pick-Up in Croatia

We first read about picigin, Hrvatska’s national sport, while planning our trip to Split. At first exposure, the beach ball game seemed kind of silly. Once we saw it played on a shore at Bavice, however, we quickly became fans. A handball game often compared to volleyball, some claim that Ba?vice is the only spot » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Debunking the Plitvice Rumors

Wandering Cheapo: Debunking the Plitvice Rumors

The rumors regarding Plitvice Lakes National Park match the velocity of its waterfalls. Guidebooks and even on-site hotel staff are full of misinformation. Even the park Web site is secretive, encouraging potential guests to refrain from contacting hotels directly. During a recent expedition within the park grounds, we were able to make some eye-opening discoveries. » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Loco for Lokrum

Wandering Cheapo: Loco for Lokrum

When you’re done meandering through the narrow streets and climbing the old walls of Old Dubrovnik, retreat from the crowds to the island of Lokrum. A peaceful island of less than one square km, Lokrum is a nature preserve with no cars or human inhabitants. Save for an old fortress and a Benedictine monastery converted » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: At the Croatia Boat Show in Split

Wandering Cheapo: At the Croatia Boat Show in Split

A boat show was not on deck when my travel companion and I planned our trip to Split. However, when we blew into town last Friday, the millenia-old city had already set sail for the ninth annual Croatia Boat Show. When in Rome—or, err, what used to be Roman—do as the former Romans do. Many » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Bokun Time in Dubrovnik

Wandering Cheapo: Bokun Time in Dubrovnik

When we slept with Toni Bokun and his family, the only two things separating our spotless, freshly painted double room (€45 in off season) from the Adriatic was a little stone palace—circa 1600—and a garden bursting with color. Tomato plants, strawberries, and tulips greeted us every morning outside of our window, through open doors and » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: BUD to DVB

Wandering Cheapo: BUD to DVB

Maybe it’s just us, but catching a flight from Budapest to Dubrovnik is a bitch at this time of year—unless one likes flying through London. After researching major airlines for half an hour, we decided to pack it in a train to Zagreb instead. At Kelati Station, the southeast train station in Budapest, we bought » Read more

Wandering Cheapo: Cherry Cravings in Croatia

Wandering Cheapo: Cherry Cravings in Croatia

One of Croatia’s tastiest baked treats is its sour cherry strudel, otherwise known as Štrudl od višanja. Or if salivating glands have got you tongue-tied, just point to the selection in the pastry case with the blood-red glaze oozing out its sides. Višnja pastries are a common sight in Croatian bakeries, markets, and even bus » Read more